After reading the wonderful 'Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, I was rather keen to read another book of Spanish origin. Although this book was first published in Catalan in 2002, it has recently been published in the UK.
Albert Sanchez Pinol reminds me of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. There is something attractive about the book and its delivery. Although the storyline of a researcher taking up a job on a remote island where not much happens isn't really the most inspiring concept for a book, the added dimension of roaming sea-creatures and the independence of a stubborn predecessor makes things a little more tense. Albert Sanchez Pinol places the reader into the shoes of the main character, sharing his fears, emotions and jubilations.
There is some great emotion between the three main characters. The island's climate and remoteness really adds atmosphere to this creative book.
Overall, this strange but imaginative book is well crafted and deserves recognition that it truly deserves.
With his second book soon due for publication, Albert Sanchez Pinol is a Spanish author to make note of during 2007-2008.